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Aug. 7th, 2003

Mary is home, resting. Nothing unusual was found. She is supposed to take in lots of liquids and iron. This result is not satisfying me. She needs to see a doc for a complete exam.

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the_fantum
Aug. 7th, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)
hang in there mom
judith
Aug. 8th, 2003 09:33 am (UTC)
Oh I am, I am. I don't panic easily, if at all. More than anything I am irritated by what appears to me to be another example of medical personnel doing the least they can - because the patient does not have insurance.

I don't have insurance either and have found that I am rarely even offered options for treatment. The medics automatically choose whatever is cheapest. That may seem to be in my best interest but I want to be able to choose when there are alternatives. It is my decision whether I want to pay for more. I pay my way every time.

In Mary's case, I think they could have done further tests to determine the cause of the excessive bleeding. Instead, they chose to get rid of her as soon as the bleeding had slowed to an "acceptable" level. Similarly, when I was in the hospital for a couple of days with a bleeding ulcer - caused by ibuprofen use because of monstrous migraines - there was no attempt, even though I brought it up several times, to address the migraines, the real cause. Just advice to stop using ibuprofen. I realize I am an adult and can go on to make an appointment to address the headaches but why were there no such suggestions or any recommendations for alternatives?

While I was there, too, and hooked up to a heart monitor, they must have noticed that I have an irregular heartbeat. Later, a doctor, knowing I had been in the hospital, assumed they must have done an EKG to figure out what was going on with the heartbeat. But he discovered that they did not follow up on it at all. It was not related to the bleeding so it was irrelevant. Seems someone might have asked me if I'd want this done while I was there. There was no note of it, nothing.

I heard someone on the radio say the other day that there is no country, developed, undeveloped, whatever, that wants to emulate our health care system. I wonder why.

Oh hell. too much venting.
the_fantum
Aug. 8th, 2003 09:41 am (UTC)
my own livelihood, as well as that of both my children, comes from the healthcare insurance "industry" ...and even with "insurance" those same problems exist. The days of caring physicians -- as seen on tv -- has responded inversely proportional to the cost of malpractice insurance and inversely exponentially to the cost of medical litigation ...IMHO of course
judith
Aug. 8th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
I think there is some relationship to the malpractice situation but an individual can choose what to do, how to act. Making suggestions or offering additional treatment does not usually lead to a malpractice claim, not when the patient makes a conscious informed choice.

I actually ran into a competent, thorough physician at a for-profit clinic in January. I was so amazed that I wrote about it here and think of that visit fondly. The next time I went to that same clinic for a similar condition I had a different doctor and the entire picture changed.

Here's the weirdness I saw then: the first doc checked my medical history, was cautious about how to treat the poison oak, because prednisone can be very dangerous for someone vulnerable to stomach ulcers. He even called me at home that evening to see how I was doing. The second one didn't even check history and certainly didn't call. Who is more susceptible to a malpractice claim? The second. Yet that's the trend! It makes no sense to me.
judith
Aug. 8th, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)
But wait!

What specifically do you do in this industry? Have you any suggestions about getting insurance - for someone like me, 57 years old, good health (except for arthritis, which has never been officially diagnosed)?
the_fantum
Aug. 8th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC)
in Washington we have income based insurance brokered by the state. I am certain that California has a similar program ...I can query my daughter if you need.
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